Seminole tribal leaders and members have gathered under the Council Oak for generations. (Photo: Sun Sentinel/Carline Jean)

Seminole Tribe Council Oak Vying for Historic Register Status

ICTMN Staff
11/29/12

The Seminole Tribe has nominated its Council Oak Tree, a long-standing, traditional gathering place, to appear on the National Register of Historic Places, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

"The Council Oak Tree reflects the Seminole Tribe of Florida's growth over the years and stands as a symbol of strength and stability," the newspaper said the tribe stated in its application to the National Park Service (NPS), which oversees the registry. "The tree has been the site of many of the Seminole Tribe of Florida's milestones in recent years as well, such as the 25th Anniversary celebration for the birthplace of Indian gaming in 2004, the Seminole Tribe of Florida's 50th Anniversary celebration in 2007, and the signing of the Seminole Gaming Compact with the state of Florida in 2010. The Council Oak tree contains great significance for the Seminole Tribe of Florida for both its physical presence and for the events that have occurred there."

Properties are evaluated according to their “age, integrity and significance,” the NPS website says. The property or site must be at least 50 years old while looking much as it did in the past, and must have historical significance, “associated with events, activities, or developments that were important in the past,” the NPS said. Also considered are the property or site’s association with the lives of people who were important in the past, the historical architectural significance, landscape history or engineering achievements, and whether it has “the potential to yield information through archeological investigation about our past,” the NPS said.

The designation is determined within 45 days of the application’s receipt, the NPS said.

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